At least 370,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa state.
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It was learnt that the defectors were received in Dutse on Sunday, December 20, by the National Chairman of APC and eight governors on the party’s platform, amid jubilation.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the governors present at the occasion were Alhaji Bindo Jibrila, Adamwa, Alhaji Abubakar Bello of Niger, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, and Alhaji Bello Masari of Katsina.
Others were Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar, Bauchi, Alhaji Kasim Shetima, Borno, Alhaji Abdulazeez Yari, Zamfara, and Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, Deputy Governor of Kano State.
While receiving the defectors, the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Oyegun, disclosed that the calibre of the defectors was an indication that APC was on the right track.
Oyegun also lavished encomium on Gov. Muhammad Badaru for his good leadership in the state which he said led to the harvest of former PDP chieftains in the state.
In his remarks, Badaru, who said that the number of defectors was more than 370,000, pledged that APC would be fair to them and that they would be treated like the old members of the party.
NAN reports that the defectors included 16 serving local government chairmen, and Alhaji Ibrahim Khalid, the state Chairman, Association of Local Government Chairmen (ALGON).
Eight serving Vice-Chairmen of local councils in the state and Alhaji Lawal Abdu, the immediate past Secretary to the State Government, were also among the defectors.